Marketing Package: Senior’s Month 2020

Throughout the month of June, we invite RAHB members to share the Senior’s Month resources that could be beneficial to your client, potential clients and the general public.

Here you will find graphics and captions that are to be shared on social media. The themes are as follows:

The impact of this awareness campaign will only be as powerful as the strength of our social media presence — please share!

You can automatically download all the graphics by clicking the button below:

Independence: June 8 -1 2

How to share on social media:

To share the various resources, please download the social media graphic by clicking on it and then right clicking and select “save image as” to download the graphic to your computer.

Below each graphic are sample social media messages that are tailored for each of RAHB’s four main communities. Please cut and paste these messages directly into your social media channel, and post the accompanying graphic.

Independence – Hamilton Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for Hamilton resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

The natural effects of aging can make independent living more complicated than it once was; however, it’s essential to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living. For resources w/in #HamOnt #Hamilton, visit www.rahb.ca/independence-in-hamilton/ #SeniorsMonth #RAHB

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

The natural effects of aging can make independent living more complicated than it once was; however, it is essential to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living. For resources within #HamOnt #Hamilton, please visit the #RAHB website at www.rahb.ca/independence-in-hamilton/. #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS

Independence – Burlington Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for Burlington resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

The natural effects of aging can make independent living more complicated than it once was; however, it’s essential to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living. For resources w/in #BurlON #Burlington, visit www.rahb.ca/affordability-in-burlington/ #SeniorsMonth #RAHB

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

The natural effects of aging can make independent living more complicated than it once was; however, it’s essential to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living. For resources within #BurlON #Burlington, please visit the #RAHB website at www.rahb.ca/affordability-in-burlington/. #RAHB #REALTORS #RealEstate

Independence – Niagara North Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for Niagara North resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

The effects of aging can make independent living more complicated than it once was; but it’s essential to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living. For resources w/in #Niagara, visit www.rahb.ca/affordability-in-burlington/ #SeniorsMonth #RAHB #Grimsby #WestLincoln #Smithville

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

The natural effects of aging can make independent living more complicated than it once was; however, it’s essential to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living. For resources within #Niagara, please visit www.rahb.ca/independence-in-niagara-north/. #RAHB #Grimsby #WestLincoln #Smithville #RealEstate #REALTORS #Seniors

Independence – Haldimand County Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for Haldimand County resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

The effects of aging can make independent living more complicated; however, it’s essential to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living. For resources w/in #Haldimand, visit www.rahb.ca/independence-in-haldimand-county/ #SeniorsMonth #RAHB #Caledonia #Hagersville #Dunnville

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

The natural effects of ageing can make independent living more complicated than it once was; however, it is essential to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living. For resources within #Haldimand, please visit www.rahb.ca/independence-in-haldimand-county/. #RAHB #Caledonia #Hagersville #Dunnville #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS

Independence – Federal Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for federal resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

The effects of ageing can make independent living more complicated than it once was; however, it’s essential to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living. For resources from the federal govt, visit www.rahb.ca/independence-by-the-federal-government/ #SeniorsMonth #RAHB #Canada

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

The natural effects of ageing can make independent living more complicated than it once was; however, it’s essential to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living. For resources from the federal government, visit www.rahb.ca/independence-by-the-federal-government/. #SeniorsMonth #RAHB #Canada #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS

Independence – Provincial Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for provincial resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

The natural effects of aging can make independent living more complicated than it once was; however, it’s essential to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living. For resources from the prov govt, visit www.rahb.ca/independence-by-the-provincial-government/ #SeniorsMonth #RAHB #Ontario

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

The natural effects of ageing can make independent living more complicated than it once was; however, it’s essential to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living. For resources from the provincial government, visit www.rahb.ca/independence-by-the-provincial-government/ #SeniorsMonth #RAHB #Ontario #RealEstate #REALTORS #Seniors

Safety: June 15 – 19

How to share on social media:

To share the various resources, please download the social media graphic by clicking on it and then right clicking and select “save image as” to download the graphic to your computer.

Below each graphic are sample social media messages that are tailored for each of RAHB’s four main communities. Please cut and paste these messages directly into your social media channel, and post the accompanying graphic.

Safety – Hamilton Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for Hamilton resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter

There is no place like home, and sometimes it seems like there is no place safer; however, the house is where many common injuries occur like falling. For resources within #HamOnt #Hamilton, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/safety-in-hamilton/. #SeniorsMonth

This message is compatible with Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

There is no place like home, and sometimes it seems like there is no place safer; however, the house is where many common injuries occur like falling. For resources within #HamOnt #Hamilton, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/safety-in-hamilton/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS

Safety – Burlington Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for Burlington resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter

There is no place like home, and sometimes it seems like there is no place safer; however, the house is where many common injuries occur like falling. For resources within #BurlON #Burlington, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/safety-in-burlington/ #SeniorsMonth 

This message is compatible with Instagram:

There is no place like home, and sometimes it seems like there is no place safer; however, the house is where many common injuries occur like falling. For resources within #BurlOn #Burlington, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/safety-in-burlington/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS

Safety – Niagara North Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for Niagara North resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter

There is no place like home, and sometimes it seems like there is no place safer; however, the house is where many common injuries occur like falling. For resources within #Niagara, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting visiting https://www.rahb.ca/safety-in-niagara-north/ #SeniorsMonth 

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

There is no place like home, and sometimes it seems like there is no place safer; however, the house is where many common injuries occur like falling. For resources within #Niagara, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/safety-in-niagara-north/ #SeniorsMonth #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS

Safety – Haldimand County Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for Haldimand County resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

There is no place like home, and sometimes it seems like there is no place safer; however, the house is where many common injuries occur like falling. For resources within #HaldimandCounty, please visit the #RAHB website by by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/safety-in-haldimand-county/ #SeniorsMonth 

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

There is no place like home, and sometimes it seems like there is no place safer; however, the house is where many common injuries occur like falling. For resources within #HaldimandCounty, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/safety-in-haldimand-county/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS #Caledonia #Hagersville #Dunnville

Safety – Federal Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for federal resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

There is no place like home, and sometimes it seems like there is no place safer; however, the house is where many common injuries occur like falling. For federal government resources, please visit the #RAHB website by by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/safety-by-the-federal-government/ #SeniorsMonth #Canada

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

There is no place like home, and sometimes it seems like there is no place safer; however, the house is where many common injuries occur like falling. For federal government resources, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/safety-by-the-federal-government/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS #Canada

Safety – Provincial Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for provincial resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

There is no place like home, and sometimes it seems like there is no place safer; however, the house is where many common injuries occur like falling. For provincial government resources, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/safety-by-the-provincial-government/ #SeniorsMonth #Ontario

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

There is no place like home, and sometimes it seems like there is no place safer; however, the house is where many common injuries occur like falling. For provincial government resources, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/safety-by-the-provincial-government/. #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS #Ontario

Affordability: June 22 – 26

How to share on social media:

To share the various resources, please download the social media graphic by clicking on it and then right clicking and select “save image as” to download the graphic to your computer.

Below each graphic are sample social media messages that are tailored for each of RAHB’s four main communities. Please cut and paste these messages directly into your social media channel, and post the accompanying graphic.

Affordability – Hamilton Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for Hamilton resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

Sadly, the home comes at a cost that may become unmanageable for seniors. Seniors who wish to stay in their home become unable b/c of income constraints. For resources within #HamOn #Hamilton, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/hamilton/ #SeniorsMonth

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

Unfortunately, the home sweet home comes at a cost that may become unmanageable for seniors. Seniors who wish to stay in their home become unable because of income constraints. For resources within #HamOnt #Hamilton, please visit the #RAHB website at https://www.rahb.ca/hamilton/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS

Affordability – Burlington Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for Burlington resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

Sadly, the home comes at a cost that may become unmanageable for seniors. Seniors who wish to stay in their home become unable b/c of income constraints. For resources within #BurlON #Burlington, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/burlington/ #SeniorsMonth

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

Unfortunately, the home sweet home comes at a cost that may become unmanageable for seniors. Seniors who wish to stay in their home become unable because of income constraints. For resources within #BurlON #Burlington, please visit the #RAHB website at https://www.rahb.ca/burlington/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS

Affordability – Niagara North Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for Niagara North resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

Sadly, the home comes at a cost that may become unmanageable for seniors. Seniors who wish to stay in their home become unable b/c of income constraints. For resources within #Niagara, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/niagara-north/ #SeniorsMonth

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

Unfortunately, the home sweet home comes at a cost that may become unmanageable for seniors. Seniors who wish to stay in their home become unable because of income constraints. For resources within #Niagara, please visit the #RAHB website at https://www.rahb.ca/niagara-north/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS

Affordability – Haldimand County Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for Haldimand County resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

Sadly, the home comes at a cost that may become unmanageable for seniors. Seniors who wish to stay in their home become unable b/c of income constraints. For resources within #HaldimandCounty, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/haldimand-county/ #SeniorsMonth

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

Unfortunately, the home sweet home comes at a cost that may become unmanageable for seniors. Seniors who wish to stay in their home become unable because of income constraints. For resources within #HaldimandCounty, please visit the #RAHB website at https://www.rahb.ca/haldimand-county/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS #Caledonia #Hagersville #Dunnville

Affordability – Federal Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for federal resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

Sadly, the home comes at a cost that may become unmanageable for seniors. Seniors who wish to stay in their home become unable b/c of income constraints. For resources from the federal government, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/affordability-by-the-federal-government/ #SeniorsMonth

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

Unfortunately, the home sweet home comes at a cost that may become unmanageable for seniors. Seniors who wish to stay in their home become unable because of income constraints. For federal government resources, please visit the #RAHB website at https://www.rahb.ca/affordability-by-the-federal-government/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS #Canada

Affordability – Provincial Resources

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for provincial resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

Sadly, the home comes at a cost that may become unmanageable for seniors. Seniors who wish to stay in their home become unable b/c of income constraints. For resources from the provincial government, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/affordability-by-the-provincial-government/ #SeniorsMonth

This message is compatible with Instagram:

Unfortunately, the home sweet home comes at a cost that may become unmanageable for seniors. Seniors who wish to stay in their home become unable because of income constraints. For provincial government resources, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/affordability-by-the-provincial-government/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS #Ontario

Reverse Mortgages: Affordability Highlight

How to share on social media:

To share the various resources, please download the social media graphic by clicking on it and then right clicking and select “save image as” to download the graphic to your computer.

Below each graphic are sample social media messages. Please cut and paste these messages directly into your social media channel, and post the accompanying graphic.

Affordability: Reverse Mortgage vs. HELOC

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for reverse mortgages information – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

What is the difference between a reverse mortgage and a HELOC? Do they provide the same benefits with the same amount of risk? The short answer is NO. For more information on reverse mortgages, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/reverse-mortgages/ #SeniorsMonth

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

What is the difference between a reverse mortgage and a HELOC? Do they provide the same benefits with the same amount of risk? The short answer is NO. For more information on reverse mortgages, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/reverse-mortgages/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS

Affordability: Disadvantages of a Reverse Mortgage

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for reverse mortgages information – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

Reverse mortgages are predatory with many disadvantages. Other options to consider are a HELOC, create rental income by renting a portion of the home or selling/downsizing. For more information on reverse mortgages, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/reverse-mortgages/ #SeniorsMonth

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

Reverse mortgages are predatory with many disadvantages. Other options to consider are a HELOC, create rental income by renting a portion of the home or selling/downsizing. For more information on reverse mortgages, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/reverse-mortgages/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS

Effects of Senior Housing: June 29 to August 3

How to share on social media:

To share this resource, please download the social media graphic by clicking on it and then right clicking and select “save image as” to download the graphic to your computer.

Below the graphic is a sample social media message. Please cut and paste this message directly into your social media channel, and post the accompanying graphic.

Effects of Senior Housing

Please copy the below message and paste it to your social media channel for effects of senior housing resources – and include the graphic.

For Twitter:

Supporting senior housing will not just help seniors, but will have positive net effects on the entire population. For resources within #HamOnt #BurlON #Niagara #HaldimandCounty, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/effects-of-senior-housing-support/ #SeniorsMonth 

For Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn:

Supporting senior housing will not just help seniors, but will have positive net effects on the entire population. For resources within #HamOnt #BurlON #Niagara #HaldimandCounty, please visit the #RAHB website by visiting https://www.rahb.ca/effects-of-senior-housing-support/ #SeniorsMonth #Seniors #RealEstate #REALTORS

Regional Re-Opening & Stage 2

On June 8, Premier Ford announced that the Province will increase the social gathering limit from five to 10 people, and all places of worship will be allowed to open and operate at 30 per cent capacity, as of Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. Physical distancing measures of 2 metres are still in effect.

Additionally, Premier Ford announced the Province’s regional reopening plan for Ontario. Most of the province will move into Stage 2 on Friday, June 12, with the exception of communities in the Golden Horseshoe (Halton Region, Hamilton, Niagara Region, Durham Region, York Region, Peel Region and Toronto), Haldimand-Norfolk and border communities in Windsor-Essex and Lambton.

What Can Open in Stage Two

For more information on places that can open in Stage 2, with limitations and physical distancing measures, please click the button below:

Ban on Commercial Evictions

Premier Ford also announced, as of June 3, that he has ordered legislation to ban all commercial evictions for those who qualify for the commercial rent relief program. The ban will last until August 31, 2020.

Independence in Senior Living

The natural effects of ageing can sometimes make independent living more complicated than it once was. While some barriers to independence in ageing are inevitable, it is essential to take the time to understand the importance of autonomy in senior living and look for ways to increase opportunities for independent living.

To access the resources for independence in senior living, please click the button below:

There are many options available that are focused on allowing for greater autonomy for seniors during the ageing process.

CMHC Announces Changes to Policy for Insured Mortgages

In order to protect future home buyers and reduce risk, CMHC is changing its underwriting policies for insured mortgages.

Effective July 1, the following changes will apply for new applications for homeowner transactional and portfolio mortgage insurance:

  • Limiting the Gross/Total Debt Servicing (GDS/TDS) ratios to our standard requirements of 35/42;
  • Establish minimum credit score of 680 for at least one borrower; and
  • Non-traditional sources of down payment that increase indebtedness will no longer be treated as equity for insurance purposes.

Under the changes effective July 1, CMHC will also no longer treat non-traditional sources of down payment funding, such as a personal unsecured line of credit, as equity for insurance purposes. Additionally, the CMHC will be suspending refinancing for multi-unit mortgage insurance except when the funds are used for repairs or reinvestment in housing.

For more information, please click the button below:

June is Senior’s Month

June is senior’s month!

At RAHB, we believe that seniors are both a vital member of the community and the real estate market. Over the next three weeks, we will be releasing information on resources that are available for seniors and their family. Each week, the resources will focus on a specific theme that seniors are primarily concerned with when looking to either stay in their home or search for other out of home options: independence, safety, and affordability.

Stay tuned for our first post on independence on Monday, June 8.

Happy Seniors Month!

City of Burlington’s Three-Month Work Plan and Financial Impacts of COVID-19

The Burlington City Council’s next meeting will be on Monday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m.

This council meeting will see Burlington senior staff providing an update about the financial impacts of COVID-19 and seek Council’s endorsement of a three-month strategy that prioritizes which City services will be provided through to the end of June 2020.

Financial impacts of COVID-19

A report detailing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the City of Burlington’s budget will be presented. This report will include:

  • Estimated revenue impacts of $7.6 million to June 30, 2020;
  • Estimated expenditure savings of $5.2 million to June 30, 2020;
  • Cash flow projections to June 30, 2020;
  • Future financial modelling to identify pressures, dependent on the length of the pandemic, and recovery scenarios.

Municipalities are required to approve a balanced budget; however, the City of Burlington can have a shortfall or surplus in a given year. A shortfall can be offset by:

  • Using reserve funds;
  • Increasing taxes in the next year; or
  • Reducing expenditures during the year of the anticipated shortfall. This is what Burlington is attempting to do to mitigate a shortfall at year-end.

Housing Call Out

The City of Hamilton has reached out to RAHB with an urgent need regarding housing for individuals and families currently in shelter and/or hotels. Please see below for a message from Paul Johnson, Director, Emergency Operations Centre at the City of Hamilton.

 

Dear Housing Partner,

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Hamilton is committed to supporting Hamiltonians and taking every precaution to keep our community as healthy and safe as possible.

As you may have noted during the City’s COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday night, keeping housing placements moving is one of ways we hope to accomplish this; connecting individuals who are at-risk and/or experiencing homelessness to support and appropriate resources, which includes permanent housing.

We need your help. The City is looking for private market rental units to fill an immediate need: to house individuals and families currently in shelter and/or hotels who could move in with minimal supports. For some people, we will be able to match them up with the Canada Ontario Housing Benefit that took effect April 1. We are asking landlords who have a vacant unit that is move-in ready to work with the City to create long term tenancies with financial support.

Working together on housing placements will achieve a number of goals:

  • Create more assured rental income with a longer-term tenant
  • Foster a sustainable investment
  • Provide additional supports for these new tenants
  • Contribute to the shared community goal of preventing the spread of COVID-19

Thanks to additional support from both the federal and provincial governments, we have an opportunity to provide financial supports in the long term to help facilitate housing plans.

If you have any available units for rent and/or would like additional information, please contact housing@hamilton.ca.

I want to thank you in advance for stepping in to help our community during this unprecedented crisis. We are all in this together.

Sincerely,

Paul Johnson

Please click the link to read Paul Johnson’s letter: Apr-17-20 – Housing Call Out

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Impact Survey #1

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is asking for Hamilton’s business community to provide feedback on the impact COVID-19 has had on their business, the effectiveness of existing programs and initiatives, and options or suggestions on policy, programs and initiatives that should be considered in the short term.

To participate in the survey, please click the button below:

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit & The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The Federal Government has launched the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS):

If you intend to apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), you can get started by familiarizing yourself with the application process and registering for your Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) My Account prior to applications opening on Monday, April 2020.

Please apply during your allotted window, as designated by the CRA:

If you were born in the month of Apply for the CERB on Your best day to apply
January, February or March Mondays April 6
April, May, or June Tuesdays April 7
July, August, or September Wednesdays April 8
October, November, or December Thursdays April 9
Any month Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

 

How to know if you will qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit if you previously had an income and is someone who is not working because of COVID-19 (directly or indirectly).

As REALTORS®, you should expect to be asked for supporting documentation later in the application process.

In addition to the CERB and the CEWS, the government has taken steps to stabilize the real estate sector through several other measures:

  • The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate to 0.25 per cent;
  • The Bank of Canada will be purchasing ~$500 million in mortgage bonds per week;
  • A deferral of GST and HST remittances and customs duty payments;
  • Launch of the Canada Emergency Business Account which provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses to cover their operating costs;
  • Export Development Canada will guarantee new operating credit and cash flow term loans that financial institutions can extend to Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises, up to $6.25 million;
  • A co-lending program for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to four months to:

  • Wage-earners and self-employed individuals, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance;
  • Workers who must stop working due to COVID-10 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support;
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19;
  • Working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures;
  • Workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or a toll-free number.

For more information on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, please click the buttons below:

Update on Burlington Official Plan and Process of Development Applications RE: COVID-19

Attention REALTORS® who work and live in Burlington

Official Plan Update

The original timeline of the Burlington Official Plan has been delayed due to COVID-19. The policies will be released at the end of April and the Statutory Public Meeting will be scheduled for the fall.

Planning Applications

Regarding planning applications:

  • Development applications received by March 13, 2020, are currently being processed.
  • Inquires continue to be handled by Planning staff via phone and email.
  • Staff are exploring how new applications might be accepted and processed.
  • No Pre-application public meetings will be held at this time, including Millcroft Green, and will be re-scheduled at a later date.

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has suspended all LPAT hearings scheduled to take place from March 16 until the end of June. The cancelled hearings will be rescheduled at a later date.

Building Permits and Inspections

Regarding building permits and inspections:

  • Building permit applications received by March 13, 2020, are currently being processed.
  • Staff has implemented a modified level of building inspections. Exterior building inspections continue and a modified process for interior inspections is in place that does not involve staff going into buildings and protects staff from physical contact in line with COVID-19 safety precautions.
  • Staff are exploring how new applications might be accepted and processed.

Business License Renewal

Existing business licenses that require renewal will be extended during the COVID-19 crisis.

Bank of Canada Lowers Overnight Rate Target to 0.25 Per Cent

On March 27, the Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate to 0.25 per cent due to COVID-19’s adverse effect on both the Canadian and global economy. COVID-19 has resulted in a substantial fiscal policy action in Canada to help support individuals and business stay afloat.

The Bank of Canada will continue to monitor the economic and financial conditions closely and will announce the next overnight rate targeted for April 15.

For more information, please click the button below for the Bank of Canada’s full press release: